The name Kushana debuted impressively in the U.S. baby name data in 1978:
- 1980: unlisted
- 1979: unlisted
- 1978: 23 baby girls named Kushana [debut]
- 1977: unlisted
- 1976: unlisted
Where did it come from?
A little girl named Kushana who was mentioned (and pictured) in the March 30, 1978, issue of Jet magazine.
She was the daughter of a woman named Sharon, who was the fiancée of blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon. (“The couple met on an elevator in San Francisco six years ago.”)
I’m not sure if the marriage ever took place, though, because I can find no other mention of Witherspoon that refers to either Sharon or Kushana.
(At the time of his death in 1997, Witherspoon had a wife named Diana and three children named Angela, Regina, and James.)
What are your thoughts on the name Kushana?
- “The Sexes.” Jet 30 Mar. 1978: 44-45.
- Ratliff, Ben. “Jimmy Witherspoon, Singer Of Blues and Jazz, Dies at 74.” New York Times 22 Sep. 1997.
Image: © 1978 Jet